Easter holiday has passed, kids are back to school, it’s time to think of school summer holiday! :)

For those not yet familiar with the school here, school kids in Switzerland have holidays often, approximately every 6 weeks (find the list here). This may create problems to many parents, especially ones who are employed. Chatting around, I found that most employed couple rely on help from grandparents or families (who sometimes fly from another side of the planet). Or hire a temporary nanny when they can afford one. Or they take turns taking off days from their office. But considering the active life of kids, even the stay-at-home parents need programs to keep those little ones and teens happily occupied.

Below I complied different kinds of activities and camps that are offered during the school holidays in Lausanne and surrounding areas. Please click the links for more info.

As a general rule, the winter holiday after Christmas and the Relâches (February) are considered ski holiday thus most of the sport camps offered concentrated into this. For other holidays, activities are more varied.

Passeport Vacances

Passeport Vacances are offered for 5-11° Harmos (9-15y). Offers include 300+ activities and entries to museums, swimming pools and public transport. The pass is offered by 39 communes in Lausanne and around. Sale starts 8 May 2017. Note that some communes sell these passes at different dates.

If you didn’t live in Lausanne area, check with your commune or local parent association. There are many other regional activity passes offered throughout the canton

Offers from the city of Lausanne and surrounding municipalities (Le SJL, le CVAJ and la FASL)

Note that these may be reserved for children domiciled inside the municipalities. Check current offers here on the banner on the left hand side

Educational themes

  • Pop In’s – Full or half day, 3-12y. The program for summer 2017 is not yet out but they usually have ones. Contact directly for (info)
  • L’écoline in St.Sulpice – Full or half day, there is also one bilingual French-English week, 3-9y (info)
  • School subjects tutoring by Appuisa in Echandens, 3e-11e HarmoS (info)
  • Kids Break – whole day trips for 4-12y, starts from Fribourg (info)
  • Many camps by CPV (info)
  • Many camps by Jeunesse et Camps (info)


  • Key English School – Full or half day English camps, 4-10y (info)
  • Day Camps Switzerland in Chavannes-de-Bogis – 5-15y (info)
  • English or German, combined with sport, by Atelier Polyglotte in Gland, full day, 7-13y (info)

Science and Technology

  • Tech Spark Academy at Collège Champittet Pully – Full day, 9-17y (info)
  • Futurekids – from 5-16y (info)
  • Science camps by CPV (info)

Creative and Artistic Expression

  • Art Classes by Naomi Middelmann in Lausanne – 5y+, mornings only (info)
  • Têtard in Lausanne (or Leysin) – half or full day, 6-17y – (info)
  • Bricks 4 Kidz – half or full day, 4-13y (info)
  • Atelier Ardesia in Pully, half day, 6-15y (info)
  • Ecole Ceruleum – … (info)
  • Artistic camps by CPV, many camps (info)
  • Many camps by Jeunesse et Camps (info)

Music, Dance, Theatre, and Cinema

  • Corps et Masque in Lausanne – 8:30-13:00, 6-12y (info)
  • Artistic Expression by Open Acte – from 7y (info)
  •  Théâtre, Contes et Nature! – 7-9y. Attention: Only for children of EPFL or UNIL personnel. Due to high demand, placement is done by lottery (info)
  • Les Atéliers du Cinéma in Aubonne – full day, 9-16y (info)
  • Danse Evasion – 9am-4pm, 4-14y, in Cugy (info)
  • Theatre and Plastic Art by Les Art en Scènes in Lully – 6-16y (info)
  • Music by COV in Nyon, 9y+ (info)
  • Many camps by Jeunesse et Camps (info)


  • Lausanne sur mer – 1-16 July and 9-20 Aug 2017. Offers different types of sports, from 12y. No registration required, just show up. Note that parental consent may be needed for some (info)
  • Swimming by Lausanne Natation – (info)
  • Swimming by Friendly Trainers in Pully – (info)
  • Soccer by LS Academy Camps – from 7-14y (info)
  • Athletics by Kids Athletics Lausanne – 8-14y (info)
  • Tennis, by Tennis Club Stade Lausanne, half-day, 8-16y (info)
  • Tennis, Golf & Unihockey, by Green Club Romanel, half- or full day, 4-16 (info)
  • Tennis or Multisport by Tennis Club Morges, half- or full day, 4-18y (info)
  • Tennis, by Tennis Club Lavaux in Cully (info)
  • Multisport by Key English School – Full or half day, 4-10y (info)
  • Intersoccer – Football/Soccer for 3-14y (info)
  • Football/Soccer by MS Sports, Vaud locations is Gland, birth years 2002-2011- (info)
  • Swimming in Pully – mornings, 4-12y (info)
  • Catamaran by Voile Libre Morges, full day, 10-16y (info)
  • Poney “Approche du Cheval” at Ferme de Cery in Prilly, 90 minutes, 6-10y (info)
  • Poney at Ecurie de la Clairière in Gland – half-days (info)
  • Horse riding and Poney by CPV, many camps (info)
  • Playball in Nyon area – mornings, 3-8y (info)
  • Climbing and Multisport by Gecko Escalade in Sottens – 8y+ (info)
  • Day Camps Switzerland in Chavannes-de-Bogis – 5-15y (info)
  • Multi-activities by CPV, many camps (info)
  • Many camps by Jeunesse et Camps (info)


  • KidsUp in Lausanne – Half or Full day, from 5y (info)
  • Circus Art by Ecole de Cirque de Lausanne – from 6-16y (info)
  • Circus Art by Coquino in Morges – from 5y (info)
  • Equestrian Circus and Theatre by Shanju in Gimel – 5-14y (info)
  • Circus by CPV, many camps (info)


  • Horse riding and Europe camps by CPV, many camps (info)

Even more activities

  • Lausanne Mom’s Event Directory
  • See this post for family-friendly places in Switzerland, including links to blog post about our visits (Note that this post hasn’t been updated for a few years. Some new places need to be added and some links may be broken. I’ll look into it in a few weeks).
  • Check suggestions on Loisir.ch and VaudFamille.ch
  • Check the current offers from RailAway

Do you know other activities and camps I should list here? Leave a comment!

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